Fallon welcomes ACA's Lister appointment

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has welcomed the appointment of Vice Admiral Sir Simon Lister as managing director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.

Lister will take a sabbatical from his Royal Navy career to guide HMS Prince of Wales through to delivery, following HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival at her home port of Portsmouth.

Having joined the Royal Navy in 1978, Lister has served as the Royal Navy’s Chief Naval Engineer Officer and has more recently held the post of Chief of Materiel (Fleet) at the Defence Equipment & Support department.

As part of the appointment, the former post-holder Ian Booth has moved to the Submarine Delivery Agency, where he will have the position of chief executive.

Sir Peter Gershon, chairman of the ACA said: “Simon has extensive knowledge of the Aircraft Carrier programme having been our Vice Chairman since 2013. I’m delighted that he’ll take this full time role and wish him every success.”

Fallon said: “Following HMS Queen Elizabeth’s historic entry into Portsmouth, our focus is now on her final preparations for commissioning and the delivery of our second mighty carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. With his substantial experience, Admiral Lister is the logical choice to keep up that momentum.

“Our two new aircraft carriers and F-35 Lightning jets are an investment in British security, prosperity and our global role. They will transform the UK’s ability to project power around the world whether independently or working closely with our allies.”

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